CNN propagandist thinks anonymous people should be outed if they say things media thinks is bigoted

During his Wednesday Sirius XM program, CNN propagandist Michael Smerconish endorsed the notion that anonymous people on the internet who say or post things the network deems to be bigoted should be doxxed — that is, exposed and identified, the Daily Caller reported.

“If he continues to be a racist, if he continues to be a bigot, if he continues to be anti-Semitic, they’re gonna out him. Yeah, I like that! He should be outed,” he said, referring to the Reddit user who created the animation of President Trump body-slamming a CNN logo.

Peter Hasson added:

He later added in a Facebook video on Thursday that people who “promote hate” and “attract the attention of the president” become a story and “sacrifice any right to privacy that you otherwise would have had.”

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When asked by The Daily Caller via email if he thought anonymous users who make racist posts on the Internet are fair game for news organizations to identify, Smermconish said: “If that post becomes newsworthy by virtue of a retweet by a president, yes.”

CNN was able to track down the Reddit user’s identity earlier this week but opted not to identify the man because he posted a public apology after being contacted by CNN. The story noted that “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change” — a line that was widely interpreted as a threat to dox the user if he posted offensive content.

“I’m kind of wishing they had already identified him,” he told a caller to his program.

“Because I thought that the image of — I’m no authority on HanA*sholeSolo [the Reddit user’s pseudonym] — but the image that he tweeted of all the CNN personalities with Stars of David on their foreheads I thought was offensive and when they figured out who he was, I would have been comfortable — I would have been comfortable with them saying here’s who this knucklehead is. This is the guy who has posted these bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic posts,” Smerconish added.

But, the caller said, “it seems a little crazy for a major company of any type, especially a media company though, to release the information of a private citizen based on joke, tasteless or not, racist or not, especially given the climate we’re in.”

That’s because it IS crazy.

But Smerconish wasn’t finished.

“I’m sick and tired of those who foment hate and bigotry and hide,” he said. “If you act like a HansA**holeSolo, then I would like to know who you are.”

In short, Smerconish seems to think it’s CNN’s job to out those with whom his network disagrees.

Goodbye, privacy and freedom of expression…

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After this tirade, which he carried over to Facebook, the Daily Caller said that Smerconish has “his own past writing may reflect attitudes that the Left considers ‘racist.'”

According to Justin Caruso:

While Michael Smerconish has expressed a number of liberal views in recent years, many of his past columns endorse ideas that, by the standards of the American Left, could be seen as “racist.”

In a blog post from November 2009 published at the Huffington Post, Smerconish explicitly promotes racial profiling, something that would surely be found racist and Islamophobic by his left-wing peers.

He writes, “Profiling. Let’s look for terrorists who look like terrorists. Those who threaten us have similarities. In virtually every instance, they have race, gender, ethnicity, religion and appearance in common. Those characteristics should be considered as we seek to prevent terrorist strikes against the United States. Everyone needs to be screened, but some more than others. When the terrorists start looking like Thurston Howell, III, we will change accordingly.”

He also endorsed immigration policy that was positively Trumpian, Caruso added.

“Immigration. Our borders are porous. They need to be closed. Only when they are closed should we make decisions as to what to do with the millions who are already here illegally. It is impractical to believe we will ship them back to wherever they came from. But through attrition, and by ensuring no more of their friends and relatives join them, we will probably diminish the herd,” Smerconish said.


And, Caruso said, that’s not the only time he wrote on the issue.  In 2007, he wrote: “Our borders are porous, and Congress won’t act. The closest they’ve come was to approve 700 miles of fencing, but without funding. Meanwhile, the quality of life in Hazleton declines.”

Scratch a liberal, find a hypocrite.


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